You don’t have to get up early to participate in the Great Pumpkin Chase will take place on Saturday, October 6, from 3-6 pm on the Greenway Trail located inside Noble Park. Runners are invited to dress in their best Halloween costume and make this a fun family event. Registration and other family activities start at 3pm.

Along with the race, family activities will include pumpkin painting, costume contests, and a balloon artist. Runners and attenders will be offered apple cider once the race has concluded. 

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The event is sponsored and organized by the staff and management of Chick-fil-A. The company is committed to being involved in the community and encouraging their team members to make a difference in the community. This is the first annual 5K Chase and will benefit Families on the Spectrum (FOTS).

“Chick-fil-A Paducah is so excited to be hosting this event to benefit Families on the Spectrum,” said Marketing Director Codie Forman. “They do so much for families in our community, and we’re happy to partner with them in what they do to provide support and resources to families that are near and dear to us!”

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Chikc-fil-A has already partnered with FOTS twice this year on two other fundraisers. Local locations have often helped diners with children on the autism spectrum. On a more personal level, some Chick-fil-A team members also have children and family members on the autism spectrum. 

Families on the Spectrum

iLove ItFOTS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group of exactly what the name suggests...families on the autism spectrum. It was founded in the fall of 2013. The group was developed with the goals of providing fun family outings, meetings, parents' nights out, and community support to families affected by autism. The focus was put on fun and families with the hopes of building connections and life long bonds with other autism families in western Kentucky.

FOTS board of directors is comprised of parents of children who are on the autism spectrum. These volunteers are truly passionate about helping others. They understand that after many families receive an autism diagnosis, the path they travel may become overwhelming, confusing, lonely, and stressful. FOTS is here to offer support, resources, and acceptance in an understanding environment, to all ages from child to adult.

They offer quarterly meetings covering a wide range of helpful topics, as well as fun family outings, parents' nights out, and information regarding specialized community and professional support. Their goal is to help autism families connect with one another and with the support available in our region. Autism is a daily struggle for many families and having a support system is a large part of "making it" through the world of autism.

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For more information, please visit the Facebook page.